In the past couple of weeks, Microsoft has been making some VERY surprising decisions, each of which will have ramifications for a long time to come:
*Using Young Conker to sell its Hololens device (the success of which is still VERY much in the air).
*Announcing the merger of the Xbox and PC divisions, plus the revelation that Xbox One will likely be the last Microsoft console as we know it with future exclusives being shared across PC and Xbox (plus UMP as the future priority for gaming).
*Axing Lionhead and Press Play, plus the offhand revelation that all Kinect teams are dead as well (i.e. Big Park, [Fun]tion, Good Science, Leap Experience Pioneers and SOTA).http://www.gamesradar.com/more-microsof ... -canned-2/
Not wanting to sound like a conspiracist, but could this be Microsoft winding things up in case the UMP dies a terrible death (a la Games for Windows)? As in if this fails, that's it for Microsoft gaming.
Aside from Rare, there's not much left at all in terms of first-party development studios for Microsoft - for one of the big three, that's alarming.